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    Private Performance for Iles House Volunteers, Members and Friends Only.

    To all members, volunteers and friends of the Elijah Iles House:

    You are invited to a special preview screening of “The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo” 

    "The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo," a play in two acts by John Hallwas, professor emeritus of English and History, Western Illinois University, and starring Chicago-based actor Victor Holstein, is an intimate recital and conversation with early Springfield poet John Hancock, who lived and roamed Springfield and Sangamon County from 1833-1847. Originally from Cornwall, England, the land of mythic King Arthur, Hancock came to Springfield to escape personal grief and experience the frontier, to meet and write about the people of America on the Illinois Prairie.

    The 90-minute play, produced and directed by William Furry for the lllinois State Historical Society, will be screened at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, October 23, 2021 at the Elijah Iles House.

    This invitation is exclusively for Iles House volunteers, friends and Foundation members. Light refreshments will be served afterward. No reservation is required. Face masks will be required for admission.


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